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A Few Minutes in Spanish Fork, Utah, Summer 1858

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 07, 2013

It may help to understand some remarks in these minutes by remembering that these meetings took place at the end of the Utah War, and that thousands of people from the northern parts of Utah had evacuated to the area south of Provo, including Spanish Fork, while waiting to learn what the federal troops would do.

23 May 1858

Meeting at the Bowery called to order By Bp Butler. Singing by the quoir. Prayer By elder J.S. Fullmer.

Bishop Butler arose and spoke on the necessity of taking care of the stock that the grain may be preserved and exhorted the Brethren to carry out the council from the Authorities that are placed over us.

Bro Coltrin spoke on the same subject and exhorted the Brethren of the High Priests quorum to attend to their stock and set an example for others to follow.

Bro J M Chidester spoke on the same subject and exhorted the Brethren of the seventies to carry out the counsel of the Bishop in regard to their stock.

Bro Dorrity spoke on the same subject. Told the Brethren if they did not take care of their stock and Keep them from off the grain they would not receive the Blessings that god has in store for them. And that the day would soon come when they would need the grain that they let their cattle destroy.

Bro Bro Shinler spoke on the subject of taking care of stock also in regard to young men and women racing about the streets at night. Recommended Mothers to take care of their daughters after night, &c.

Benediction by A K Thurber.

-oOo-

2 Oclock PM meeting called to order by Bp Butler. Singing by the quoir prayer by Bro Shirtliff

Prest John Young being present arose and spoke on the relationship of Spiritual and temporal Salvation that a man need not expect a Spiritual Salvation without a temporal one.

Sacriment of the Lords supper administered

Benediction By J M Chidester.

6 June 1858

Bowery Sunday June 6th 1858 10 Oclock A.M. Meeting called to order By Bp Butler. Singing by the choir. Prayer By Z Coltrin.

Bro Ashby arose and addressed the people on the first principles of the gospel.

Benediction By A K Thurber.

-oOo-

2 Oclock P.M. Meeting called to order By A K Thurber singing by the quoir prayer by C A Davis.

Bro John Lewis arose and spoke on the gathering from the dif[f][erent nations of the earth also on obedience. Sacriment administered

Benediction by Bishop Butler

13 June 1858

Bowery Sunday June 13th 1858 10 Oclock A.M. Meeting Called to order by Z Coltrin. Singing by the quoir. Prayer By Geo Babcock.

Bro Phinehas Richards arose and exhorted the Brethren to do as they would like to be done by. Spoke also on the government of families &c.

Bro Coltrin followed and spoke on the subject of obeying counsel that a mans duty is to do as he is told and ask no questions

Benediction By A K Thurber.

-oOo-

2 O-clock P.M. meeting called to order By Geo W. Wilkins. Singing by the quoir. Prayer by Geo W. Wilkins.

Bishop Butler spoke on the government of families &c.

Bro Lewis spoke on apostacy.

Sacrament administered.

Bro Richards spoke on obeying Counsel &c.

Benediction by John S. Fuller

20 June 1858

Bowery 10 Oclock A.M. meeting called to order By A K Thurber Singing by the Quoir Prayer by Z Coltrin

Bro Hyde of the quorum of the Twelve arose and spoke of the reformation but many were getting Col said that many had not made restoration sufficient which was the reason of the coldness that is among you. Spoke also on women leaving their husbands. Said if they Broke their covenants they could not enjoy the spirit of God. And exhorted both men and women to be cautious and warned the sisters to not sell their Butter to the soldiers for a mere trifle but to get a good price for it.

Benediction by A K Thurber

-oOo-

2 Oclock P.M. meeting called to order by A K Thurber. Singing by the quoir Prayer by Levi W. Hancock

Bro Hyde addressed the congregation on domestic manufactory.

Sacriment administered

Benediction by O. Hyde.

27 June 1858

Bowery Sunday morning 10 Oclock. Meeting Called to order By Bishop Butler Sin[g]ing by the quoir. Prayer By Bishop Butler.

Bro Pace arose and gave an Account of his mission to England said many of the saints in that country would give all they possessed to be here in the vallies and exhorted the Brethren to donate to the P E Fund that the Brethren & sisters in the old Countries might gather.

Bro Enoch Reese followed on the same subject and gave an interesting account of his travels in Europe while on his mission

Benediction by Prst J Young.

2 Oclock P.M. meeting called to order by A K Thurber singing by the quoir prayer by J.M. Chidester

Bro J W Berry being called upon arose and said he felt happy to arise in the midst of the saints of Spanish Fork. I have been absent a little over fourteen months and had learned more in that time than he had in ten years. Gave a verry interesting account of his travels with the hand cart while crossing the plains also while in England and exhorted all that could to Assist their friends from the old Country for the saints wanted to get out

Bro Draper made his report of the mission to Provo to get instructions from Prest B Young and the purport was that Gen Johnson had passed through G S L City without hurting a twig, and the troops that were coming had been called to a halt & if they were called Back the people could return to their homes. Exhorted the Brethren to remain quiet and wait for orders

Benediction by Z Coltrin

4 July 1858

Bowery Sunday 10 Oclock A.M. Meeting called to order By Bishop Butler. Singing by the quoir prayer By Phinehas Richards

Bro [blank] gave an account of his mission to England said Brigham had remarked that if the saints done right they would not leave these Valies untill they got ready to go and exhorted the saints to live their religion and enjoy the Spirit of God.

Benediction By Z Coltrin

-oOo-

2 Oclock P.M. meeting called to order by Bishop Butler. Singing by the quoir. Prayer by Dennis Dorrity

Bishop Butler said he had something about our own affairs. Recommended the Brethren to take the dry stock down to the Lake as the Brethren that were there had removed back. Spoke of the destitution of the people as it regards clothing &c and recommended the people to patronize the paper Currency

Sacrament Administered

Benediction by Chas A Davis.

11 July 1858

Bowery Sunday 10 Oclock A.M. meeting called to order By A K Thurber. Singing by the quoir. Prayer by Z Coltrin

Bro Draper spoke of the removal of this people from the north and that now they had permission to return home. Spoke of the necessity of obeying council and inasmuch as we obeyed our leaders all would be well

Benediction by A K Thurber.

-oOo-

2 Oclock P.M. meeting Called to order by A K Thurber. Singing by the quoir. Prayer by Henry Garfield

Bro McNaughton made some remarks on the necessity of Attending meetings also of living up to the light that we have that we may enjoy the Spirit of God.

Sacrament Administered

Benediction By G W Wilkins

-oOo-

Order from headquarters to Stop meetings.



8 Comments »

  1. I wondered who “Bishop Butler” was–it turns out that it was John Lowe Butler, a Kentuckian who had a large posterity but is not related to my Butler ancestors. I knew that he had settled in southern Salt Lake County–hence the area in Sandy known as “Butlerville”–so I wonder if the move to Spanish Fork was part of the Utah War migration. I suppose I could find out by reading John Lowe Butler’s Autobiography.

    I suppose, too, that the “order from headquarters to stop meetings” has been rescinded. Too bad!

    Comment by Mark B. — June 7, 2013 @ 10:23 am

  2. I suppose, too, that the “order from headquarters to stop meetings” has been rescinded. Too bad!

    You made my day. Thanks!

    Comment by Carl C. — June 7, 2013 @ 10:58 am

  3. Oh, if I’d seen this earlier, I could have saved you having to look that up, Mark. The John Lowe Butler family married into the Redd family (a family I’m familiar with from the slave project) and descendants of the two families are the major source of funding for the Redd Center at BYU.

    Also in these minutes: John Madison Chidester, the husband of two of the women in the Eminent Women project, Mary Parker Chidester (a member of Zion’s Camp) and Annie Eldridge Hinkle Chidester, one of my favorites so far in the project.

    Comment by Amy T — June 7, 2013 @ 11:29 am

  4. Good to see Zebedee Coltrin and Levi Hancock show up in the minutes. There’s such a difference in Church administration between the Kirtland/Nauvoo era and the pioneer/utah era that I often forget that it was the SAME PEOPLE in both groups.

    Comment by The Other Clark — June 7, 2013 @ 3:21 pm

  5. Sometimes I wish this whole period was more talked about in church. We would have to talk about polygamy too then,

    Comment by Julia — June 10, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

  6. Good old Zebedee Coltrin, a link from the Joseph Smith era to the late John Taylor era. Too bad he couldn’t remember more of it accurately.

    Comment by kevinf — June 11, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

  7. Brother kevinf, I take acception to your comments and dust my feet of you. You just need to lern to obey council and take to heart that its a mans duty to do as he is told and ask no questions.

    Comment by Zebedee Coltrin — June 11, 2013 @ 4:50 pm

  8. Zebedee! Your appearance here is unexpected, but welcome!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 11, 2013 @ 6:46 pm

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